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Archer City, Texas

Archer City was established as the Archer County seat in 1881, and in its early years it was a retail and shipping center for area ranches and is still a retail center for the county. Agriculture includes cattle ranching, wheat and dairy farming. Shallow oil wells drilled in the 1920s still contribute to the area economy.

Outdoor recreation includes a 9-hole golf course, and city park with swimming, picnicking, RV hookups, and hunting when in season for dove, wild turkey, quail, and deer.

The Booked Up, Inc. bookstore offers the largest collection of antiquarian books in the U.S. gathered over several years by native son Larry McMurtry, author of the popular Western novel, "Lonesome Dove." Also available are rare and unusual books and out-of-print publications. Archer City is the site of two movies based on novels written by McMurtry; "The Last Picture Show" filmed in 1971, and "Texasville" in 1989.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near Archer City, TX

Motley County Historical Museum

Housed in the old Traweek Hospital built in 1928 by Dr. A.C. Traweek, Sr., the first medical doctor in the county. Exhibits i...

River Bend Nature Works

Nestled amid 15 acres in the city, River Bend Nature Works is an environmental education center. Visitors enjoy the wetland p...

LaRita Theater

A beautifully restored theatre with professional and amateur stage productions produced by Dalhart Community Theatre. ...

Abilene State Park

621-acre park near Lake Abilene; camping, trailer facilities, picnicking, shelters, swimming pool, rest rooms and showers, hi...

Abraham Family Art Gallery

One of the first art centers in the Southwest is in the Learning Resources Center on the Wayland Baptist University Campus. R...